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A pattern imprinted concrete driveway should save you from some of the problems that cause headaches with other driveway surfaces. Weeds and moss in particular can really ruin a reasonable driveway. Pulling out weeds or applying chemical weed killer, or scraping away at moss, is no-one’s idea of fun.
Because pattern imprinted concrete is solid, unlike gravel, there’s no chance of weeds growing through. There will be some subtly positioned crack control joints, but these shouldn’t present any problems, especially if you pay attention to them. And paying attention is the key. Moss and other surface growths can spread across surfaces like concrete if they’re given a chance, especially if it’s damp (and let’s be honest, in the North West it can get pretty wet).
The key is to regularly re-seal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Don’t worry, “regularly” doesn’t mean every two months, more like every two to five years. The sealant stops pattern imprinted concrete being porous, blocking the tiny holes that would otherwise mean it could absorb water and other substances. It also makes it pretty much impossible for moss and other growths to get a toe-hold (although miracles can happen…)
We offer a resealing service – please get in touch for more information – but some people prefer to reseal their own drives. It’s very important that your drive is dry when it’s resealed; moisture trapped between layers of old and new sealant can cause blooming and other discolourations. Which would kind of defeat the object of resealing, so make sure you’re careful. We always are when we reseal a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
24th September 2010
There is, to use a traditional phrase from the North West, nowt quite as queer as folk. That said, we’ve yet to find anyone who actively enjoys weeding their front garden. And ditto trying to get rid of weeds growing through driveway surfaces like loose gravel or block paving. Weedkiller works sometimes, but manual labour is the only real answer. Of course, some people don’t mind about weeds, but if you’re one of the people who does, they can be a real nightmare.
Do you dream of the day when you no longer have to spend time removing unsightly weeds from your drive? Well, it’s one of the many benefits of having a pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Because pattern imprinted concrete is impermeable, weeds and other plants don’t have a chance to grow through from underneath your driveway surfacing.
And because pattern imprinted concrete driveways are coated with a special protective sealant – or at least they should be; all of ours are – they’ll remain impermeable. Isn’t concrete fantastic, ey? With our pattern imprinting, we can combine the long lasting (and weed-beating) qualities of concrete with the visual appeal of traditional block paving techniques. If you have a peek at our case studies, you’ll see a lot of lovely driveways, and absolutely no weeds.
2nd September 2010
Summer is a great time to be outdoors, especially if you’ve got a pattern imprinted concrete patio or driveway to enjoy. But while you’re out and about, gardening perhaps, remember that cleaning your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is a quick and necessary task.
Summer driveway cleaning is somewhat easier than winter cleaning, in that the summer months are (hopefully!) drier than winter and autumn. Summer cleaning of your driveway will entail sweeping and washing your driveway to remove any build up or detritus. A power washer is an excellent tool for driveway cleaning, provided that you use a relatively low-pressure setting; wide instead of pencil.
One of the benefits of taking a little time to clean your pattern imprinted concrete is that it’ll give you an idea of how the sealant is holding up, and if there are any other issues with your pattern imprinted concrete.
Cleaning your driveway removes and traces of potentially corrosive chemicals, or other substances that could adversely affect your driveway. These substances can find their way onto your driveway from vehicle tires and foot traffic. And, of course, if there are any spills on your driveway you should clean them up immediately.
Your contractor should be able to provide you with information on cleaning and maintaining your driveway when they’ve completed the installation. If you need to reseal your driveway, summer is a great time to do so; please contact us for more information about our resealing service.
29th July 2010
Re-decorating time: it comes to us all. No matter how much you care for your home and garden, eventually you’ll either fancy a change, or need to re-decorate for another reason. Typically people re-decorate because they’re intending on selling up and moving to a different property, and want to make their home as attractive as possible for potential buyers.
If you’ve already had a pattern imprinted driveway or patio installed, whether by us or another contractor, you should understand the importance of re-sealing it. It’s a relatively simple task that has a massive impact on how long your driveway will last. When you’re planning to do up your property, resealing your driveway should be at the top of your to-do list.
After all, your driveway, along with the front of your home, is probably the first thing that people visiting your property will see. And whether they’re friends paying a social visit, or potential buyers who’ve come to view your house, you’ll want to impress them.
If you want to reseal your own pattern imprinted concrete drive or patio, resealing products are available from some retailers. However, if you’d rather leave it in the hands of the professionals, we provide an excellent resealing service; please contact us for more information.
21st June 2010
Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will almost definitely crack at some point. All concrete cracks to a greater or lesser degree; it’s our job to make sure that it’s lesser rather greater. After we’ve laid and pattern imprinted your concrete driveway and it has set, we’ll cut crack control joints in order to control the cracking which naturally occurs as concrete expands, contracts, and ages. These joints are positioned at points of stress – near manhole covers, for example – and in places where some minor cracking won’t be too noticeable.
There are a number of other aspects of the installation process which can help to minimise cracking in your driveway. And, conversely, if you pick a duff contractor, these are the things that they won’t do correctly… which will mean you end up with a badly cracked driveway. If you’d like to talk to the real professionals, please use this form to request a quote.
Laying the sub base to the correct depth, and doing so on top of a membrane, is one of the most important steps we take during a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation. Good foundations are important in any construction project, not least pattern imprinted concrete driveways. Again, we’d like to stress that a small amount of cracking is inherent in any pattern imprinted concrete driveway. However, if your drive is laid on the right sub-base and has crack control joints cut correctly, it really shouldn’t be a major issue.
28th May 2010